Spraying to kill mosquitoes in Santa Ana has been delayed and will not take place this Monday morning, according to Santa Ana’s Trustee on the Orange County Vector Control District, Cecilia Aguinaga. I spoke to her and to the director of the Vector Control District this morning. They explained that they cannot do misting of the insecticide they want to use if there is no wind and the prognosis for Monday calls for very little wind.
I asked them why Santa Ana is being sprayed and not other cities and they explained that our city is apparently a real problem with regard to mosquitoes – but only in a swath of the central part of the city, in four areas outlined in the map above. They also said that eventually the district will spray in other cities as well but that 60% of the problem is here in Santa Ana.
The areas to be sprayed run from Euclid on the West to Tustin Ave. on the East with a cluster of homes ranging from First St. on the North to Warner on the South, in between Harbor and Bristol. The majority of the areas being sprayed are in Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero’s Ward 6 and Councilman Vince Sarmiento’s Ward 1.
Apparently 80% of the mosquitoes in Orange County are now considered to be infected with the West Nile Virus. The director said that the lakes, irrigation channels and pools are under control. The problem, he said, was the backyards in the targeted areas where mosquitoes are spawning in water that has collected in trash, potted plants, etc. They can breed in any amount of standing water.
The director also said that the district should have started spraying in August but they missed their window and are not playing catch up.
I was upset about the lack of notice about the spraying as the district sent out an email on Friday – and was planning to start spraying this Monday at 3 am. Aguinaga said she is pushing the district to do a robo-call in English and Spanish in the areas that are going to be sprayed, the day prior to any spraying.
Residents are advised to:
- Stay indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes afterwards
- Close doors and windows and shut down non recirculating air conditioners during treatment and for 30 minutes after treatment
- Cover outdoor fishponds, pet food, and water bowls prior to the application
And if you don’t want your house to be sprayed then now is the time to clean up your backyard and make sure there is no standing water. (With the hot weather we are having I can’t imagine there is a lot of water but the culprit could be backyard lawn sprinklers).
I asked the director how he plans to spread the insecticide mist over walls and fences into the backyards in question. That is why they need some breeze, he said. They need the wind to spread the insecticide over the walls and fences and into the backyards.
Spraying will continue to be delayed until the weather changes.
If you are unhappy about the spraying, here is who you should contact:
- Supervisor Janet Nguyen – she is so busy running for the 34th State Senate Districtthat she is not doing her job as our County Supervisor. And as a resident of Garden Grove she could care less what is done to the people of Santa Ana. Email her here.
- Our representative on the Board of Trustees of Orange County Vector Control is Cecilia Aguinaga. She is running for office right now too, for the SAUSD School Board. Email her here or call her at (714) 971-2421 Ext.115.
- The Santa Ana City Council. Email them here.
- Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez, Ward 2. She is currently running for re-election. Email her here and here. Call her at (714) 887-9845.
- Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides, Ward 4. He is currently running for re-election. Email him here and here. Call him at (714) 475-1630.
- Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero, Ward 6. He is currently running for re-election. Email him here and here. Call him at (714) 552-2800.
- Santa Ana Councilman Roman Reyna, Ward 5. He is currently running for Mayor of Santa Ana. Email him here. Call him at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento, Ward 1. Email him here. Call him at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana Councilwoman Angie Amezcua, Ward 3. Email her here. Call her at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. Email him here. He is currently running for reelection. Call him at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana City Manager David Cavazos. Call him at (714) 647-5200.
Here is a video about the West Nile virus, courtesy of the OC Vector Control District: